Nikolas Vakalis: IIRPS Athens, Program Director
Nikolas (Nikos) Vakalis, a native of Athens, is a restorer-conservator. He has had more than 35 years experience in planning and coordination of restoration projects in Italy and locations around the world such as USA, Africa and Asia.
Degree in conservation from the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro (ISCR) in Rome 1979.
He has been working for the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and other public and private Italian organizations, as well as with international institutions including Unesco, Iccrom, and the World Monuments Fund. His areas of expertise are stone artifacts, easel paintings, wall paintings, and polychrome wooden sculptures.
From 1980 to 1990 he has been running a private practice and, from 1990 to 1998, he established and managed the restoration company, Vakalis & Soci. Since 1998 he has been working mostly in the field of education. The latter activity has taken him to work as an instructor in China, the United States (University of Wisconsin, SARUP, 1999–2008; John Cabot University, 2009), Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Albania, and Iraq.
Since 2010 he is a Co-Director of the International Institute for Restoration and Preservation Studies and instructor at the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program. He is also in charge as Restoration Consultant for the Archaeological Excavation of the Public Baths at Carsulae.